Schools are encouraged to provide school-based programs that allow young people to earn credit towards Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.
School students can choose to study a certificate course which is based on one session per week of either a full or half day, while still attending school as a part of the requirements to gain a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships also provide the opportunity to train towards nationally accredited qualifications that contribute to the QCE.
These options are designed to help school students embark on the first steps of their future working career.
For more information, contact the Schools Consultant at Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE on 07 4694 1775.
School students who undertake a nationally recognised VET qualification at TAFE as part of their senior studies pay no tuition fees where the qualification is part of or counts towards a Certificate III or higher-level qualification.
Study at TAFE while still in high school and get a Certificate II or III completed before you leave.
Under these arrangements, a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) can be issued if a student gains 20 points during their senior phase of learning. Up to 12 of these points can be in VET to count towards the QCE.
Certificate III programs gain 8 points
Certificate II programs gain 4 points.
Studies in any Certificate (III or IV), Diploma or Advanced Diploma programs at TAFE Queensland, will also improve your Tertiary Entrance (TE) Rank and provide a pathway to most universities.
|Program||Selection rank||Approx OP equivalent|
|Completed Advanced Diploma||91 (minimum)||6|
|Completed Diploma||82 (minimum)||10|
|Completed Certificate IV||74||13|
|Completed Certificate III||68||15|
You may also be eligible for credit for any TAFE studies you have completed which may help reduce your study time and cost at university. Most Diploma programs can earn up to at least a year's credit towards degree programs and some programs have dual enrolment arrangements with the University of Southern Queensland.
The Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE has credit agreements with:
Australian Catholic University
Central Queensland University
James Cook University
University of Sunshine Coast
University of Southern Queensland
Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Some universities also accord bonus ranks for completion of TAFE qualifications. Contact the universities for details of bonus schemes.
Students in year 10, 11 & 12 can complete VET certificates while still at school, providing a head start to chosen careers, or as a part-time work supplement to income while at university or further study.
For further information on courses designed specifically for school students, please download the full 2011 Schools training prospectus [PDF 6.82mb]
The 2011 Schools training prospectus can also be downloaded for your district:
- Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Care (HLT33207)
- Certificate II Food Processing, Wine (FDF20403)
- Certificate II in Agriculture (RTE20103)
- Certificate II in Automotive Mechanical (AUR20705)
- Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20208)
- Certificate II in Engineering (Welding) (MEM20105)
- Certificate II in Furnishing (LMF20302)
- Certificate II in Hairdressing (WRH20109)
- Certificate II in Hospitality (SIT20207)
- Certificate II in Process Plant Operations (PMA20108)
- Certificate II in Retail (SIR20207)
- Certificate II in Agriculture (RTE20103)
- Certificate III in Allied Health (HLT32407)
- Certificate III in Arts & Contemporary Craft (CUV30103)
- Certificate III in Beauty Therapy (undergoing training package change)
- Certificate III in Children's Services (CHC30708)
- Certificate III in Design Fundamentals (CUV30303)
- Certificate III in Events (SIT30607)
- Certificate III in Hospitality (SIT30707)
- Certificate III in Information Technology (ICA30105)
- Certificate III in Media (CUF30107)
- Certificate III in Retail (SIR30207) available to students who work in industry
- Certificate III in Tourism (SIT30107)
- Diploma of Engineering (Technical) (CAD), students only complete the 8 CAD units
Programs for students with a disability;
- Certificate I in Horticulture (RTF10103)
- Certificate I in Retail (SIR10107)
- Certificate I in Hospitality (SIT10207)
Note: Programs are not available at all campuses.
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow high school students, typically those in years 11 and 12, to work with an employer as paid employees whilst studying for their Senior Certificate.
For further information, please refer to the Apprenticeships Info website. To contact Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE staff about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, please contact your nearest campus.
Who is eligible?
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships are designed for year 11 and 12 students. To undertake a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, students must:
be enrolled in study that will lead towards a Senior Certificate or equivalent
have an employer
have a training provider work out with the school, and parents or guardians, how the timetable will be modified to fit in the required training
be available to your employer for work or training during the times agreed to by your school.
What is the difference between an apprentice and a trainee?
Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training with working in a real job, for a real boss with a real wage. There are two differences between an apprentice and a trainee.
An apprentice is trained in a skilled trade and upon successful completion will become a qualified tradesperson. Trades such as electrician, plumber, cabinet maker, and automotive mechanic are just a few that are included in the apprenticeship scheme.
A trainee is someone who is being trained in a vocational area. These vocational areas include, but are not limited to, office administration, information technology, and hospitality. Upon completion of a traineeship you will receive to a minimum of a Certificate II in your chosen vocational area.
Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time, part-time or school-based (where some of the training is undertaken while the apprentice or trainee is in high school).
Facts about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships
The employment and/or training arrangements must impact on the school timetable for the program to be considered school-based.
Vocational education and training qualifications and competencies can be recorded on your Senior Certificate and are nationally recognised.
It is possible for you to gain an Overall Position (OP) score while doing a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.
If you do not complete the apprenticeship or traineeship while at school, you will have to convert to full-time or part-time arrangements as soon as you leave school.
Unlike other apprentices and trainees, school-based apprentices and trainees:
are not paid for the time spent undertaking training delivered by the training provider
do not accrue sick leave or recreation leave.
You are paid for the time spent working, including an extra amount to make up for not receiving sick leave or recreation leave.
The employer and the apprentice or trainee must notify their supervising registered training organisation when they agree that the requirements of the training plan have been fulfilled.
How to enrol
Students should be 15 years of age, although applications may be accepted from younger students currently in year 10 when enrolling. In this instance, the following conditions must be met:
A Learning account (LUI) must have been established along with a current SET Plan listing the student's career pathway.
Evidence of a letter from the school Principal to the Institute Director, supporting the student's application.
Enrolment will occur when the agreement has been signed off by the Faculty and Institute Director at Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE.
- Select a program by choosing from the list detailed in the 2011 School training prospectus [PDF 6.82mb]
- Complete the relevant forms:
- personal details form [PDF 261kb] - to be completed by you and returned to your school principal/VET co-ordinator/guidance officer
- SET Plan tracking form [DOC 42kb] - arranged by your school
- Read the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE Student guide supplied upon enrolment.
- Notify your school of intention to study at TAFE and arrange for payment of fees to your school to avoid missing out on a class place.
- Attend the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE Orientation in November of the previous year you intend to study.